On this page: statistics related to UNCW student use of tobacco, hookah, spit/smokeless tobacco, the Campus Tobacco Policy, and Resources.

These statistics are from our Fall 2010 Substance Use survey, completed online by a random representative sample of 380 students, and from the Spring 2011 American College Health Association - National College Health Assessment conducted by the Abrons Student Health Center completed online by a random representative sample of 487 students. Extensive data and more information can be obtained by contacting CROSSROADS at 962-4136.

Tobacco Use

  • 75.20% of students did not use tobacco in the last month
  • 16.5% used tobacco occasionally (1-15 days in the last month)
  • 8.25% of students use tobacco every day or almost every day (16-30 days in the last month)
  • 3 in 5 smokers say they want to quit, 74% say they want to quit before graduation
  • New data from the 2012 Substance Use SurveyI love Clean Air logo


  • Never used/not in the last month: 91.6%
  • 1 - 2 days: 6.2%
  • 3 - 9 days 1.6%
  • 10 - 29 days: 0.6
  • Used daily: 0.0%

Spit/smokeless tobacco:

  • 96.4% of all UNCW students haven't used spit or smokeless tobacco in the last month.
    However, more men (12%) than women report using smokeless tobacco.

What about the campus Tobacco Policy?

  • 86% of students support a 25 foot ban on smoking near campus building entrances - including 72% of smokers.
    (from a Spring 2007 classroom survey, n=478 students)
  • 85% of us agree that non-smokers should not have to walk through smoke to enter any building.
    (from Spring 2007 combined surveys of student, faculty, and staff, n=742 participants)

Read more about the Campus Tobacco Policy

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